Abstract

Abstract:

The article examines the dilemma between the no-first-use policy and providing a credible extended deterrence to US non-nuclear allies. It traces the previous administration's effort towards a nuclear free world and briefly discusses two East Asian allies' reactions to such a policy. The article points out the difficulties of achieving two conflicting goals and suggests two policies that would need to be in place before the next administration proposes the no-first-use policy: communicating comprehensive conventional crisis response scenarios to allies and continuing engagement with North Korea. While these two recommendations might be difficult to attain at this point in time, without these, any no-first-use policy proposed by the new administration would fall into the same traps as previous attempts to implement no-first-use, and ultimately, be short-lived.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1945-4724
Print ISSN
1945-4716
Pages
pp. 57-63
Launched on MUSE
2020-03-20
Open Access
No
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